2004 last race for Imola?

2004 last race for Imola?

According to Bernie Ecclestone, 2004 will be last appearance of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on the F1 calendar. Imola has hosted races since the sixties, although in 1980 the Italian GP was moved to Monza. Due to its popularity, Imola then...

According to Bernie Ecclestone, 2004 will be last appearance of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on the F1 calendar. Imola has hosted races since the sixties, although in 1980 the Italian GP was moved to Monza. Due to its popularity, Imola then became host to the San Marino GP but now it seems it will vanish from the sport.

Imola pitlane.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"This year is Imola's last," Ecclestone told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "From 2005 it will vanish from the calendar and Italy will have only one race."

2004 is the tenth anniversary of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger, who both died at the San Marino GP weekend in 1994.

Michael Schumacher, who won at Imola last year, is not convinced this is the end of the race. "In one sense, yes," he said when asked if he was disappointed about it. "But I will still be an ambassador of San Marino. Ecclestone is always saying a lot of things. Let's wait and see what happens."

Ecclestone was also not encouraging about the British GP or European races in general. "I don't see a future either for Silverstone which is like an old house that says it only needs a few renovations," he remarked.

"Believe me, in the next 10 years, Europe will slide down to the level of the third world in economic terms. It doesn't have the slightest chance of competing with China, South Korea, India."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Ayrton Senna , Bernie Ecclestone